Tips for Parents
Alternative Spring Break Possibilities
The picture of a "traditional" Spring Break trip to a sunny destination for a week of debauchery is changing among today's college students. More and more are choosing to participate in alternative break trips to do community service, either in far-off destinations or places right in their backyard. So, as your student looks toward the upcoming Spring Break, consider talking about options that could include:
- Cross-Cultural Solutions
During Spring Break 2008, students can choose from programs in five countries: Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru and Russia—to participate in the Insight Abroad program. They'll work side-by-side with local people to experience another culture during the week that they are there.
Students looking for local service projects can tap into this global volunteerism clearinghouse. By plugging in their zip code and interest areas, they'll be presented with a wealth of ways to do good, right in their campus or hometown neighborhood. What an option!
- The Campus Community Service Office
Encourage your student to also check with the campus community service office to discuss alternative spring break programs. Some may already be underway but gathering information now is a good way for your student to start planning for next year!
There are plenty of ways for your student to do good during Spring Break. With just a little bit of research, he can find the type of experience that is right for him.
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